Classroom Management

The Buzz On Cicadas: Cross-Curricular Activities

By Phil Nast April 22, 2013 10:13 am

In his memoir Naturalist, E.O. Wilson describes how he decided to become an ant expert. He was originally drawn to flies, a particular family of long-legged green and blue flies that appeared, he thought, “like animated gemstones,” but the …

Education policy

A Chardon High School Teacher’s Reflections on School Safety, One Year Later

By Tammy Segulin February 27, 2013 9:39 am

We always say, “We never thought it would happen here.” Columbine. Virginia Tech. Sandy Hook. When this kind of violence came to my community, and my school, we all said the same thing. How could anyone ever think something like …


Education technology

Should Students Be Allowed Access to iPads and Computers During Standardized Tests?

By Daniel Cox April 19, 2013 10:49 am

As teachers in the 21st century, we are expected by our schools, districts, states, and even country to utilize technology within the classroom.  We use the Internet, smart boards, video projectors, computers, iPads, iPods, and a myriad of other forms …


Lily's Blackboard

Come With Me. There’s a revolution to organize

By Lily Eskelsen September 1, 2014 12:00 am

I’ve been doing this blog for some time, but never as president of the National Education Association. There are many “firsts” in this new title:

· First woman president of the NEA in 25 years.
· First Latina president of …


In Education, Teachers Must Lead the Way

Aside from the December holiday season, the back-to-school late August and early September rush has the most profound effects on the United States. Shopping patterns change, traffic gets worse, and the general tenor of every community shifts to accommodate the…
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A New Jersey Farmer Blog: Where Democracy Lives

So It’s All About the Relationships

We're always being told at The School, that good teaching is about building relationships with kids.  That's one thing I can't argue about (and oh, I can argue about a lot of stuff lately.)Some of the best relationships I…
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Bluebird's Classroom

The Offspring

It has happened.I have been invited to a baby shower for two of my students (who married each other).I hate baby showers.  I particularly hate baby showers for kids I had when they were 12.  It means we're…
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Bluebird's Classroom

The Lessons of History

The classic saying about history is “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”, attributed to philosopher George Santayana. Unfortunately, too many people interpret it to mean that a careful reading of the historical record will produce a recipe box …
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Why one school system is dropping Teach For America

The school board in Durham, N.C., has voted 6-1 to end its relationship with Teach For America after the 2015-16 school year, when all of the 12 TFA teachers hired in the past few years will have completed the two…
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Answer Sheet

Happy New Year

In the spirt of Doug Johnson’s regular Blast from the Past feature, this post has been dredged up from my first year of writing this blog. The thoughts still seem appropriate, with a couple of update notes. We celebrate New …
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